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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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LOPEZ, Mariela et al. Comparing two protocols of DNA extraction of Trypanosoma cruzi cultured in axenic medium. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2014, vol.31, n.2, pp.222-227. ISSN 1726-4634.

Objectives. To compare two extraction protocols of Trypanosoma cruzi DNA for use in DNA amplification of kinetoplast minicircles (kDNA) through the technique of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Materials and methods. Epimastigotes of T. cruzi were cultured in axenic conditions and masses from 1.5 to 100 x 106 parasites were obtained. DNA extraction was performed using two protocols: extraction with organic solvents (phenol/chloroform), and with resin (Chelex®100), from different parasitic sediments. Concentration and purity of DNA was determined by spectrophotometry, and integrity was assessed by agarose gel electrophoresis. Analysis of variance and comparisons of means were performed through Tukey’s test, using the Statistix 8.0 software. Results. Ten DNA extractions were done of each one of the different amounts of parasitic sediments. In the DNA extraction with Chelex®100 resin, a higher performance was obtained but a lower purity and integrity compared to the extraction with organic solvents. However, it allowed a product amplification of 330 bp of T. cruzi kDNA. Conclusions. Although the technique of Chelex®100 provided less purity and integrity of DNA, it allowed a successful amplification of kDNA by PCR, avoiding the use of laborious techniques and toxic organic solvents

Keywords : Trypanosoma cruzi; Chagas disease; DNA; Diagnosis; Polymerase chain reaction.

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